Football in Israel
Football is the most popular sport in Israel, a country with two professional leagues and famous teams such as Hapoel and Maccabi that are known the world over. In international football, Israel have caused many surprises, such as in the 1968 Olympic Football Tournament in Mexico for example, with only the luck of the draw preventing the Israelis from reaching the semi-finals (lots were drawn to separate teams at the end of matches). For political reasons, Israel is now a member of UEFA, but in 1964, Israel hosted and won the Asian Nations Cup. However, modern-day Israeli football has been deeply affected and restricted by a series of tragic events. Consequently, the Israel Football Association is determined to try and bring about an improvement in the situation ahead of the preliminary round for the next FIFA World Cup? in order to once again provide the football fans in Tel Aviv and Nazareth with football of the very highest quality. The Israel U-17 team that played at the 2002 UEFA U-17 European Championship also promises much for the future.
The first Goal Project
At its meeting on 2 November 2002, the Goal Bureau added Israel to the list of countries to receive a Goal project. However, it took longer than expected to draft a proposal, and as a result, the Goal Bureau only approved plans to lay an artificial pitch in Nazareth on 14 February 2004. These new facilities allows the association, the local (predominantly Arab) team and other groups to train all year round.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Artificial pitch in Nazareth
Project approved
14 February 2004
Opened on 17 November 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000